water hyacinth


Definition of water hyacinth

: a showy floating aquatic herb (Eichhornia crassipes) of tropical South America that has become naturalized in warm regions (as of the southern U.S.) often clogging waterways

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Recent Examples on the Web Retiree and sailor Andy Rowland, 72, says mud from the eroding shoreline and water hyacinth have been piling up for years. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Delta dilemma: fishing or fresh water?," 10 Dec. 2020 Invasive plants like water hyacinth, a floating plant native to South America, can grow densely on lakes and rivers and interferes with boating and fishing, per the Verge. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘Storm Tracker’ Maps Shows How Hurricanes Spread Invasive Species," 28 Oct. 2020 The water hyacinth is regarded as the world’s worst invasive aquatic species. Barry Estabrook, WSJ, "Two Books on Creatures Invasive and Incredible," 9 Oct. 2020 But despite harvesting 3,900 tons of the plant each year, the startup only makes a minor dent in the water hyacinth problem. Nell Lewis, CNN, "How weeds are being used to clean up oil spills," 25 Aug. 2020 This floating water weed is like water hyacinth on steroids. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "These 8 Aquatic Invasive Species are Threatening Fisheries Across the U.S.," 7 Feb. 2020 The water hyacinth most likely originated in Brazilian rainforests, and became a popular addition to garden ponds worldwide in the 1890s. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Can tech save the kakapo, New Zealand's 'gorgeous, hilarious' parrot?," 26 Dec. 2019 Bridges likes baskets for detergent and laundry made of various materials including seagrass from West Elm, recycled plastic from Serena & Lily and water hyacinth from the Container Store. Washington Post, "Six design tricks to make laundry feel like less of a chore," 25 Sep. 2019 Like water hyacinth, another hugely problematic aquatic invasive plant with which it sometimes is found in concert, salvinia can create huge, dense mats that boats find almost impenetrable. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boaters key to slowing invasive species," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of water hyacinth

1706, in the meaning defined above

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21 Dec 2020

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“Water hyacinth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20hyacinth. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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Kids Definition of water hyacinth

: a floating water plant that often clogs streams in the southern United States

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